Thursday, September 26

Blood Bowl Lizardman Team

Most wargamers have what we affectionately refer to as a lead mountain - those models that we had to buy but haven't had a chance or motivation to get around to painting...  My own particular lead mountain has a lot of Blood bowl models in it.  Quite a lot, in fact.  Of the twenty-one teams in the Blood Bowl rule book, I own at least one full team of each (for some teams I have more than one!) but I have less than half of that number painted and usable.

My mate Rid has recently started a painting service called Fanplastic Little Men.  Rid is probably the fastest painter I've ever met - every army he's owned has been huge and fully painted within a couple of weeks.  So - with so many of my teams unpainted, it was about time I gave him the Lizardman team and let him go at it.  We decided on the colours of red and yellow (being the classic colours of my Howling Griffons space marines!)  I think they came out great and I now have another team painted!  If you want him to paint anything for you, please give him a try - he's very well priced and fast!


Tuesday, September 24

Puggy Baconbreath - TFF Legacy Team 2013 entry

The most popular forum in the UK for discussing Blood Bowl is Talk Fantasy Football : and I've been a member of it for nearly ten years now (albeit a fairly inactive one).  Each year, someone organises for a group of the membership to donate and paint a model for a legacy team - when they've collected all the models, all the people who entered a model have their names put into a hat the the lucky winner is given the whole team to keep.  I've entered a few models into these previously - but I knew I had to take part this year as the chosen team was my beloved Halflings.

I offered to donate a Puggy Baconbreath model as he's my absolute favourite star player - and I was fairly sure I still had a couple of spare models of him lurking around in my lead mountain.  With the deadline for entering the model coming up, I dug out the Puggy model today and over the course of a few hours, he's completed.  The colour scheme is the one chosen for the team: light blue and white with orange highlights.  I'm pleased with how he came out although it did take me two attempts to paint the star on his shoulder pad with any form of accuracy.  All I need to do now is mail him to the team organiser and hope for the best when the draw is made!

Thursday, September 5

Bringing Out The Big Hats

With the new season of Blood Bowl fast approaching at the Chelmsford Bunker, I thought I'd dig out a team that I've had painted for years but never used in either a league or tournament - Chaos Dwarfs.

Over ten years ago, I read a Chaos Dwarf playbook in Blood Bowl Magazine Issue 7 (back in those days, Chaos Dwarfs could take trolls as well as minotaurs!) and decided then an there that I wanted to have a team of them.  I started buying them in bits and pieces off eBay - it took me a couple of years to get them all but I think I spent around £20 on the whole team in the end and that was including having a pile of hobgoblins.  The only model I bought direct from GW was a hobgoblin sneaky git that I used as the star player Rashnak Backstabber.

After I'd got all the models, they needed painting and, as I was deep in the middle of a host of 40K related projects at the time (a 1000 point Blood Angels army if I recall correctly...), I turned over the brush duties to a mate.  He did a great job on them, especially the minotaur which I was really pleased with.  After that though, I never had much of a chance to use them in a league and the few test games I had with them didn't go particularly well.  They are one of those teams that you need to practice with before they are effective... So they got stored away and they've been unused ever since.  With CBBBL VI starting at the end of October, I wanted to use a team I'd not tried before and it was time to dig out the Chaos Dwarfs and try to knuckle down and learn how to use them.

I'll be creating a mini-blog site for them to record their progress when the league starts but, until then, here's some pics of them.  I still need to paint numbers on their bases - best I get that done soon I guess...

Obligatory team picture
Bull Centaurs
Chaos Dwarf Blockers
Chaos Dwarf Blockers
Hthark the Unstoppable
Rashnak Backstabber
Zzharg Madeye